Behind the Iron Curtain (video)

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Behind the Iron Curtain
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ReleasedApril 1985 (1985-04)
RecordedAugust 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length30:00 (approx.)
Label PMI
Director Kenny Feuerman
Iron Maiden chronology
Video Pieces
Behind the Iron Curtain
Live After Death
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Behind the Iron Curtain is a discontinued VHS/Beta/LaserDisc/VHD video by the English band Iron Maiden. The video features footage of the band on the road in Eastern Europe in 1984, performing concerts in Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia as part of the World Slavery Tour. The title refers to the fact that the band were touring inside the Iron Curtain (countries within the Eastern Bloc of the Soviet Union); unusual given the area's separation from the West due to the then-ongoing Cold War. Aside from two promotional videos from the album Powerslave , the video also contains two live tracks and interviews with band members.


The video has no MPAA rating and has a running length of 30 minutes. An expanded 58 minute version of the documentary is included on disc 2 of the Live After Death DVD. This expanded version was broadcast by MTV in 1984 and was, until then, only available on several bootleg recordings. Analysis of the tracks revealed that the audio of the tracks on the original video differ from the audio of the expanded documentary on the DVD version.

The video was produced and directed by Kenneth Feuerman and edited by Norman H. Strassner.

Track listing

Original video version

All tracks by Steve Harris except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."2 Minutes to Midnight" (Promo Video) Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson 1984 ~ Powerslave  
2."Aces High" (Promo Video) 1984 ~ Powerslave 
3."Hallowed Be Thy Name" (14 August 1984) 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast  
4."Run to the Hills" (17 August 1984) 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 

The video also features a portion of the Deep Purple classic "Smoke on the Water" which Iron Maiden played at event manager Dorota Nawrocka and dentist Piotr Zmudzinski´s wedding [2] at the now-demolished Adria club in Poznań, Poland.

Expanded MTV documentary version

No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Aces High" (Unknown Date) 1984 ~ Powerslave 
2."The Trooper" (11 August 1984) 1983 ~ Piece of Mind  
3."22 Acacia Avenue" (Unknown Date)Harris, Smith1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
4."The Number of the Beast" (11 August 1984) 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
5."Hallowed Be Thy Name" (11 August 1984) 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
6."2 Minutes to Midnight" (17 August 1984)Smith, Dickinson1984 ~ Powerslave 
7."Run to the Hills" (17 August 1984) 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 



RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [3] Gold50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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